>> What was the problem with just making all uses of pg_config in 
>> Makefile.global use a hardcoded bindir directly?

> Because bindir is given by pg_config:-)

> ISTM that the underlying issue, which was not foreseen in the initial pgxs 
> and fixed later, is that some distributions use a different installation 
> prefix at compile time and once the software is actually installed.

Right, the installation tree is supposed to be relocatable.  Otherwise
we would not need to use pg_config to find the paths at all; we'd just
hardwire all of them when constructing Makefile.global.

                        regards, tom lane

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